Hi gang, I had a very interesting conversation yesterday with the friend of a friend who is a doctor in California. Actually she is the Chief Medical Officer at a prison.
She said that in all her medical career… and she’s in her 40’s… she has had many patients who have been dx with RRMS but has only had one patient who was eventually dx with PPMS.
She went on to ask me what treatments I was having, and was surprised when I said there are no treatments for PPMS. She didn’t know this and she had assumed that the treatments would be the same as with RRMS.
So I suppose that’s probably about the same for all of our GP’s… they know what symptoms might be a sign of MS but beyond that they know very little (well I know we all know that… dah… but it was interesting hearing it first-hand).
Another interesting thing, my friend, who lives in California, has just been dx with breast cancer… thankfully it looks like early stage. However with the private insurance schemes they have she has to wait for about 2 months to get the insurance company to give her the go-ahead for treatment!!! AND she cannot have the consultant of her choice because he is not covered by her insurance!
Let us, one again, thank God for the NHS! (and fight like hell to keep it!)